Nada Al-Nashif

MPP 1991 | Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for the Arab States | International Labour Organization (ILO) | Beirut, Lebanon
Nada was appointed Regional Director of the ILO Regional Office for Arab States and ILO Assistant Director-General in 2007. During her tenure, she has prioritized the roll-out of Decent Work Country Programmes across the region with particular emphasis on enhanced employment policies; support toentrepreneurship culture; social dialogue mechanisms with vibrant workers' and employers' engagement; and promoted enhanced social protection for all. She came to the ILO from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where she started in 1991. Nada holds a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree from HKS and a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) from Balliol College, Oxford University. more>


Christine Bader

CSRI Research Fellow, 2008-2011 | Lecturer | Columbia University | New York, NY
Christine Bader is a Lecturer at Columbia University, where she co-teaches a course on Human Rights and Business.  She is also a Human Rights Advisor to Business for Social Responsibility. After earning her MBA from Yale in 2000, Christine joined BP and proceeded to work in Indonesia, China, and the U.K., managing the social impacts of some of the company’s largest projects in the developing world.  In 2006 she created a part-time pro bono role as Advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for business and human rights, John Ruggie, a role she took up full-time in 2008 until the U.N. mandate ended in 2011. Christine has also served as a corps member with City Year, a special assistant to the New York City Mayor’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor, and a Teaching Fellow in Community Service at Phillips Academy Andover. She is a Truman National Security Fellow and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  She serves on the boards of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, named one of the world’s best reference websites by the American Library Association; The OpEd Project, an initiative to broaden the range of voices in public discourse; and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, where she is also a nonresident senior fellow. Christine was named to the 2012-13 class of the Donaldson Fellows Program, which recognizes Yale School of Management graduates “whose personal and professional accomplishments embody the school’s mission to educate leaders for business and society.” Christine has published numerous op-eds and articles and given talks to conferences, companies, and universities around the world, including a TEDx talk entitled “Manifesto for the Corporate Idealist.”  She is working on her first book. She is a graduate of Amherst College. more>


Lorin Fries

MPP 2013 | Senior Project Manager, New Vision for Agriculture | World Economic Forum | New York, NY
Lorin Fries is Senior Project Manager, New Vision for Agriculture and a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum. Lorin is an expert on sustainable agricultural development, with cross-sectoral experience from Oxfam America and Save the Children, the United States Agency for International Development, the Harvard Business School, and a range of corporate players in the agribusiness and food and beverage sectors. Lorin has deep familiarity with developing contexts from several years in rural Uganda and short-term assignments including Haiti, Ethiopia, Senegal, India, Brazil and South Africa. Lorin received a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2012, where she also served as a Research Associate at CSRI. more>


David Grayson

Senior Fellow, 2006-2011 | Director, The Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility | Cranfield University | Cranfield, UK
David joined Cranfield as director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility in April 2007, after a thirty year career as a social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business, diversity, and small business development. This included founding Project North East which has now worked in more than 60 countries around the world; being the founding CEO of the Prince's Youth Business Trust and serving as a joint managing-director of Business in the Community. He has been a visiting Senior Fellow at the CSR Initiative of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard for several years; and variously a Visiting Fellow at several UK and American business schools. He has authored three books, and contributed to several others. David has served on various charity and public sector boards over the past 20 plus years. These have included the boards of the National Co-operative Development Agency, The Prince of Wales' Innovation Trust and the Strategic Rail Authority. He chaired the National Disability Council and the Business Link Accreditation Board, and served as chairman of one of the UK's larger social enterprises and largest eldercare providers, Housing 21( during which the organisation made corporate history by becoming the first-ever not-for-profit successfully to acquire a publicly quoted group of companies. David speaks, writes and advises regularly on business, society, entrepreneurialism, and future trends for businesses, media and business schools around the world. He has worked with many leading global businesses including BP, Shell, Microsoft and Diageo and with international institutions such as the OECD, the European Union, and the World Bank. He is a regular keynote speaker for business conferences internationally. David is a contributing editor to The Corporate Citizenship Briefing (; and a regular columnist and editorial advisory board member for The Ethical Corporation ( He sits on Corporate Responsibility stakeholder advisory groups for Camelot and for innocent. David was awarded the OBE for services to industry in 1994; and the CBE for services to disability in 1999. more>


Thao Nguyen

MPP 2013 | Foreign Service Officer | U.S. Department of State | Beijing, China
Thao is a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State, where she focuses on U.S. economic policy and supporting opportunities for American businesses overseas. She is particularly interested in ways the U.S. government can engage with its private sector partners on social challenges across the Asia Pacific. These issues of interest include global Internet freedom, women's entrepreneurship, and ways to better incorporate more women in corporate supply chains, especially in East and Southeast Asian emerging markets. She is a Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow and has previously worked in Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and China. She has also conducted policy analysis for Google on the implications of restrictive Internet policies in Vietnam. Thao holds a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from HKS and a BA in International Affairs and Chinese from George Washington University. During her time at the Kennedy School, she served as an assistant for Professors Jane Nelson, John Ruggie, and Steven Lydenberg for their course on Corporate Social Responsibility. more>


Dan Runde

MPP 1999 | Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis | Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) | Washington, DC
Dan is director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at CSIS. The Project on Prosperity and Development focuses on private enterprise development, the role of private actors in development (philanthropy, business, diasporas, and others), and the role of “emerging donors” (e.g., members of the G-20). Previously, Dan was head of the Foundations Unit for the Department of Partnerships and Advisory Service Operations at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group, where he successfully positioned IFC as a partner of choice for private and corporate philanthropy. He was also responsible for leading IFC’s relations with senior policymakers throughout the U.S. government. From 2005 to 2007, he was director of the Office of Global Development Alliances (GDA) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and he led the GDA partnership initiative by providing training, networks, staff, funds, and advice to establish and strengthen alliances. His efforts leveraged $4.8 billion through 100 direct alliances and 300 others through training and technical assistance. Earlier in his career, Dan worked for both CitiBank and BankBoston in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He started his career with Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc., in Baltimore. He was named in September 2010 as one of “40 under 40 in International Development in Washington” by the Devex Group. He is actively involved in the philanthropic sector as a member of committees for the Global Philanthropy Forum and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. He is a board member of the Society for International Development, the Peter C. Alderman Foundation, the Alliance for the Family, and the Advisory Boards of the UN Development Program’s Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative. He has written and spoken extensively on public-private partnership issues at global conferences and symposia. Dan received an MPP from HKS and a BA, cum laude, from Dartmouth College. more>


Sonali Sharma

MPA 2012 | Independent Consultant | Cambridge, MA
Sonali is an independent consultant in the Greater Boston area focused on CSR, Sustainability and Social Innovation. Prior to the Kennedy School, Sonali was the Director of Brand Strategy at Interbrand where she led and developed brand and design strategy for companies such as P&G, Wrigley, Tyson Foods, Lowe’s and ConAgra.  She has over 12 years of experience in brand consulting, marketing and account management in consumer goods, health care and technology industries in both developed and emerging markets. She is also the co-founder of a startup at the intersection of brand building, charitable causes, and social media to ultimately provide incentives for businesses to invest more in social good. She truly believes that brands have the power to change the world and wants to develop initiatives that help embed CSR into mainstream brand and business strategy. more>


Justin van Fleet

Ed.M 2004 | Chief of Staff | UN Special Envoy for Global Education | New York, NY
Justin is Chief of Staff to the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, and a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Universal Education. His research focuses on education in developing countries, particularly the role of corporate social investments and philanthropic financing of education systems, as well as the dynamics influencing public-private partnerships. Justin graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in international education policy and holds a Master degree from Harvard University in the same field. His dissertation mapped the magnitude, focus and motivations of the U.S. corporate sector’s philanthropic investment in education in developing countries. Prior to joining Brookings, Justin founded an international education and development consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Some of his clients have included the Clinton Global Initiative University, MasterCard Foundation, Jolie-Pitt Foundation, Teach For America, U.S. Global Campaign for Education, and the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Justin has dozens of publications and conference presentations on philanthropy, public-private partnerships, global citizenship, and education in developing countries. In addition to his work at Brookings, he is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Creative Minds International Public Charter School. Previously, Justin has served as Deputy Chair for Education at the Clinton Global Initiative under Gene Sperling, an Instructor at the University of Maryland, Associate Director of the Council on Foreign Relations Center for Universal Education and Education Program Manager at NetAid. He has also held positions in educational capacities at the Harvard University François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights and the American Association for the Advance of Science (AAAS). more>


Holly Wise

Senior Fellow 2006-2011 | Visiting Professor, Global Human Development Program| Georgetown University School of Foreign Service | Washington, DC
Holly is a Visiting Professor in the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Global Human Development Program, where she teaches graduate-level courses on social enterprise and enterprise development and leads a Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellows Program with the McDonough School of Business.  Through her consultancy practice she delivers international development, corporate social responsibility, public-private alliance, and business development expertise to corporations, foundations and non-profits.  She serves as a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and served as a senior fellow with CSRI from 2006-2011.  Holly sits on the boards of FHI 360, WRAP, GlobalGiving, LivingGoods, and Grassroots Business Partners.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Holly spent 26 years in the Foreign Service with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), achieving the diplomatic rank of Minister Counselor.  She is the founder and first Secretariat Director of the Global Development Alliance, USAID’s business model that forges strategic alliances between public and private partners in addressing international development issues.  Under her leadership 300 alliances were formed with $1.1 billion in USAID funding leveraging $3.8 billion in private resources for the world’s poor.  In addition to overseas tours in Uganda, Kenya, Barbados, the Philippines and China, Holly served as USAID chair at the National Defense University where she taught political science, environmental courses, and published research on China. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Connecticut College and holds advanced degrees from Yale University and the National Defense University. more>


Simon Zadek

Senior Fellow 2006-2011 | Author and Consultant
Simon is an independent advisor and author who works on sustainability issues worldwide. He has lately been focusing on how to embed sustainability into China’s financial market reform program, greening China’s outward investment, and advancing green public procurement and low-carbon business in China’s eco-industrial parks. He is working with the Development Research Centre of the State Council, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and the Ministry of Commerce. Simon is a Senior Fellow at the Global Green Growth Institute; an advisor on sustainability to the World Economic Forum focused on climate finance and sustainable consumption; an Honorary Professor at the University of South Africa; and an Associate Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Sustainable Development. He is a former Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). From 2006-2011 he was non-resident Senior Fellow at CSRI.  Simon founded, and was until December 2009, Chief Executive of AccountAbility, where he established the organization’s global leadership in sustainability standards, collaborative governance and responsible competitiveness. Prior to this, he was the founding Chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative and a Director at the prestigious New Economics Foundation. Simon sits on the International Advisory Board of the Brazilian business network, Instituto Ethos; the Advisory Board of the sustainability fund manager, Generation Investment Management; and the Boards of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and the Employers’ Forum on Disability. In 2003 he was named a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow. Simon's advisory portfolio includes governments, international agencies, businesses and non-profit institutions. more>

Copyright © 2012 Harvard University